Monday, 22 May 2017

Destiny 2: New Subclasses and Abilities!!!

Hey everyone :)


On Thursday the reveal for Destiny 2 was on and we got to find out lots of juicy things! There are new subclasses and they tweaked the existing ones. One of the new subclasses is the 'Dawnblade' - the 'Striker' and the 'Gunslinger' we know from Destiny 1.

I've listed below the subclasses and the new/tweaked abilities. I only managed to get what they showed on streams and YouTube channels ... some of the new classes they didn't show like the arcstrider.



DAWNBLADE
"Dawn comes on swift wings"

Solar Grenade - a grenade that creates a flare of Solar Light which continuously damages enemies trapped inside.
Firebolt Grenade - a grenade that unleashes bolts of Solar Light at nearby enemies.
Fusion Grenade - an explosive grenade that causes bonus damage when attached to its target.

Daybreak - press L1 + R1 to weave Solar Light into blades and smite your foes from the skies.

Healing Rift - press and hold O to conjure a well of Light that continuously heals those inside it.
Empowering Rift - press and hold O to conjure a well of Light that increases the attack power of those inside it.

Controlled Glide - glide jump ability provides better directional control while in the air.
Balance Glide - glide jump ability provides bonuses to both speed and control.
Focused Burst - glide jump ability provides an initial boost of speed.

Phoenix Dive - Hold O while in-air to quickly descend and regenerate health.
Skyfire - while Daybreak is active, descend causes explosive damage where you land.
Risen Angel - while in air, aim your weapon to hover in place for a short time. Dealing precision damage extends this effect's duration.
Igniting Touch - a powerful melee ability that ignites enemies and causes them to explode.

Firestarter - a powerful melee ability that damages enemies while also increasing your movement and reload speed.
Wild Fire - engage your enemies mid-flight. Fire weapons and throw grenades while gliding.
Everlasting Flames - killing an enemy with Daybreak extends its duration.
Blazing Dash - press O, O while midair to dodge.

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STRIKER
"At close quarters a fist is better than any gun"

Lightning Grenade - a grenade that sticks to any surface and emits bolts of lightning.
Pulse Grenade - a grenade that periodically damages enemies inside its explosion radius.
Flashbang Grenade - an explosive grenade that disorients the enemies it damages.

Towering Barricade - a large barrier (Hold O) that can be used for cover or to seal off dangerous areas for a short time.
Rally Barricade - a small barrier (Hold O) that allows you to peek over it while aiming down sights and instantly reloads your equipped weapon when you take cover.

Increased Height - upgrades lift to travel to greater heights.
Increased Control - upgrades lift for better directional control while in the air.
Catapult - upgrades lift to provide a strong initial burst of momentum.

Fist of Havoc - press L1 + R1 to supercharge your fists. While First of Havoc is active, press R2 to slam the ground with the force of a maelstrom, and press R1 to smash shoulder-first into your enemies.

Magnitude - increases the duration of Pulse Grenades, Lightning Grenades, and Aftermath.
Aftermath - Fist of Havoc disorients enemies and leaves a damage-dealing field in its wake.
Aerial Strike - Fist of Havoc deals more damage the longer its in the air.
Shoulder Charge - after sprinting for a short time, press R1 to slam shoulder-first into your target.

Frontal Assault - a powerful melee punch that grants you increased weapon stability.
Reversal - melee kills immediately trigger health regeneration.
Knockout - breaking enemy shields increases your melee range.
Trample - Fist of Havoc lasts longer while sprinting. Killing enemies with Fist of Havoc extends its duration.

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GUNSLINGER
"A lone wolf who lives for the perfect shot"

Swarm Grenade - a grenade that detonates on impact, releasing multiple drones that seek nearby enemies.
Incendiary Grenade - an explosive grenade that catches enemies on fire, causing additional damage over time.
Tripmine Grenade - an explosive grenade that sticks to surfaces and detonates when enemies pass through its laser trigger.

Golden Gun - press L1 + R1 to summon a flaming pistol that disintegrates enemies with Solar Light.

Marksman's Dodge - automatically reload your equipped weapon when dodging (O, O).
Gambler's Dodge - dodging (O, O) near enemies generates melee energy.

High Jump - upgrades double jump with even greater height.
Strafe Jump - upgrades double jump with better directional control while in the air.
Triple Jump - upgrades double jump with a third jump.

Chains of Woe - precision kills increase weapon reload speed for you and nearby allies.
Bombs for Bullseyes - precision hits generate grenade energy.
Six-Shooter - Golden Gun can be fired quickly up to 6 times but had a shorter duration.
Explosive Knife - throw a knife at enemies that explodes shortly after impact when melee energy is full.

Knife-Juggler - throw a knife at enemies when melee energy is full. A precision kill with this ability immediately recharges it.
Gunslinger's Trance - enter a trance with each precision kill, reducing the cooldown of your Golden Gun.
Crowd-Pleaser - precision hits with Golden Gun generate Orbs of Light for your allies.
Line 'Em Up - precision hits with Golden Gun increase its damage and extend its duration.

Let me know in the comments what your most excited about ... ?


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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Destiny 2: The Reveal

Hey everyone :)

On Thursday night at 5.50pm my alarm on my phone went off and for a minute I forgot what I set it for ... Destiny 2: The Reveal was streaming at 6pm ... so I opened up Twitch on my PS4 and patiently watched the countdown ...


The stream started pre-wall ... and showed a young Zavala being awoken by his ghost. It then went on to show him fighting, discovering the Traveller, meeting people in the settlement below the Traveller, defending the settlement against enemies and then helping to build the wall and then overlooking the finished project. It sounds absolutely crap when I say it in a few short words. Go find it on YouTube its about 2 minutes and you'll be left wanting more when it finishes.

Luke Smith then entered on stage and started to discuss the vision of Destiny 2 which included three main points:

1. "A world that pulls you in" - this is about a story you can relate to, characters that you want to hang out with and work with, having enemies to face.
2. "Amazing things to do" - this is amazing things for everyone no matter your mood. If your a solo player we're changing the way exploring the world works, if your a competitive player they have re-thought the Crucible from first principles.
3. "Always someone to play with" - the raids in Destiny 1 couldn't be experienced by everyone, 50% of people who reached the level cap managed to organise fire teams and complete a raid. That means that tons of players (50%) never had the opportunity to experience Destiny's most unique content. Now we're going to make it that Trials, Nightfall and the raids will finally be available to all players.

Destiny 2's vision boils down to this one statement: "It's a world I want to be in"

Luke then introduced "Homecoming" which is the first mission in Destiny 2. It begins with Cayde asking Ikora if she is playing a practical joke and that if she was - he would be impressed. You can see that there is also a raging lightening storm outside too. Zavala asks Ikora for an update and she mentions that something or someone has sabotaged the Skyline defence systems. Cayde also mentions that comms have been spotty for the last few hours and that every sensor beyond the wall has gone dark. As Zavala walks towards the large window to view the storm, Ikora gives another update saying that there are no results coming from the satellites because they are no longer there!! As another lightening bolt strikes it lights up the storm and hundreds (maybe thousands) of Red Legion ships can be seen coming towards the tower/wall. As Zavala yells "Battle stations!" the ships shoot rockets/torpedoes towards the tower and wall. Zavala activates a Ward of Dawn and yells for everyone to get to him as the tower explodes around them. The camera then pulls back as the ships descend on the city and a large finger looking ship starts to "grasp" the Traveller.

Gameplay then starts ... I won't describe the entire mission but as normal it's the first mission and is relatively easy so you can get used to the controls and new options/weapons etc. The objectives are simple - such as 'defend the tower from 3 waves' 'get to the speaker' etc ... Zavala then sends Amanda Halliday to pick you up to take you to the Command Ship to de-activate the shield generator.

You get to the shield generator room and it's pitch black and a ghostly figure laughs and states: "Your journey ends here".

This ends the gameplay and Luke Smith joins us back on stage. He says "If the giant burning 2 isn't enough of a clue - spoilers we lose!" Destiny 2 is a game that opens with lose. With one fell swoop players loose their powers, their home and most important of all their vaults.

Dominus Gaul is the leader of the Red Legion and since he was raised he was brought up to believe that the Traveller should have chosen him and the Red Legion to bestow the light on not the humans/Earth etc. So he has come to take it ...

Luke then introduces another scene that shows Cayde fighting through an onslaught of Red Legion enemies. There are also snippets from the behinds the scenes people (project leads, lead writers, community head etc) giving comments on what the story is about. They tell us that Dominus Gaul is jealous and wants the light for himself, because he thinks he should have been chosen. He puts the Traveller in a cage and instantly all Guardians loose their powers. They can't walk, only stumble. The tower is lost, the vanguard are scattered ... whether you're a titan, warlock or hunter - you are the hero of this story and you need to get your powers back.

There are also more story missions and cinematics that ever before. There are new world to explore, new strikes, new raids, new weapons, new armour and a pile of brand new exotics. They have also re-designed the weapons slots. There are also new supers too. The dawnblade, the sentinel and arcstrider.

Steven Cotton is next on stage and starts to talk about the worlds they have created. He then moves on and talks about his two kids - 1 is a solo player, loves the campaign and story missions. The other loves to compete and is always playing the Crucible and is in a clan. He tells us that this is the most jam-packed game they have ever made at Bungie. He tells us a few things:

- Campaign "The Red War" - this will send you all over the solar system and to all new worlds.
- Strikes "The Inverted Spire" - a new strike which takes you to a new world
- Crucible - big changes have been made 4vs4 across all the game modes, re-designed HUD and new maps.
- Raid - just tells us that we will have to wait for another day ...
- Worlds - all new activities can be launched from a world and you don't have to go to orbit, patrols still available, public events, chests, now adventures, and lost sectors available. Also people to meet and side missions to do.
- Lost Sectors - small dungeon with a reward and a boss that holds the key
- Map - map has been redesigned and all public events, lost sectors show up on your map.

Steven then introduces 4 new world behind him on screen and tells us that the team can introduce them better so we go to another cutscene

EDZ (European Dead Zone) - the largest they have ever built, they have built a refuge there where you can go.

Titan (a moon of Saturn) - you will find Zavala here, it's a planet with a methane ocean and 40ft waves with an old human settlement there.

Nessus - almost entirely turned into a machine world by the Vex. You will find Cayde here.

Io - (sulphuric yellow moon of Jupiter) - this is the last place in the solar system that the Traveller touched before the collapse. A very sacred place to Guardians especially Warlocks and Ikora (you'll find her here).

We are then introduced to M.E. Chung (social lead) who talks about her experiences of gaming and that the best experiences have always involved other people. She tells us that "Clans" are coming into the games.

She tells us that Clans could only be co-ordinated outside of the game up until now because they will be bringing official clan support into the game. The want to make it easier and simpler for us to manage the clans. They will add in-game rosters and tools for us to built fire teams. There will also be custom banners for the Clans too.

They are also adding a reward system that is shared by every member of the Clan.

They have also added a system called 'guided games' which allows single players to be matched with clans (who have opted in) so they can play together and so that solo player can have a chance to experience all of Destiny's content.

You can also (if someone leaves your party at the last minute) open up your party to guided games so you can find someone to fill the void in your fireteam.

We then move to another cutscene where they talk about clans and guided games in more details with comments from the creators.

Mark Noseworthy joins the stage and talks about Destiny and how it allowed him to reconnected with an old school friend. He spends some time talking about how Destiny is for playing with friends, finding friends, loosing yourself in the game and spending hours playing it.

He then introduces the "Official gameplay trailer" which is mostly snippets from the "Homecoming" mission but just shorter.

Eric Hirshberg (CEO of Activision) is on stage and does the thanks to Bungie and all the people who have talked today. He also thanks all the Bungie people who weren't there today. He also talks about the Beta later on in the Summer. He also talks about Sony and their support since the start of Destiny.

He goes on to talk about the PC fans and that they have already announced that Destiny 2 will be on the PC but not where you can find it. We then cut to a Blizzard rep (forgot his name) on video chat and he tells us that Destiny 2 will be available on Blizzards online service "Battle.net" - if you play WOW you will be familiar with this system already.

Mark thanks everyone again and thanks the people in the audience and the people at home too.

He then ends the stream and tells everyone in the room they can go play Destiny 2.


I am so excited about Destiny 2 and can't wait until September 8th. Let me know in the comments below if you watched the stream and what you thought.



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Monday, 15 May 2017

Divine Chocolate

Hey everyone :)


As you will probably know by now I work for Gist Logistics and they have one contract with Starbucks - so basically anything ambient or chilled (like sandwiches, cocoa powder, coffee beans etc) are out of the warehouse I work in. One supplier that Starbucks use is called Divine Chocolate and it's one company I have been aware of since I started with Gist. It was one of my jobs to book their deliveries in and schedule delivery slots so I built up a great relationship with one of their staff Sonia - she has left now unfortunately but she was lovely. She always gave me suggestions on which chocolates were good - it's a pity it's taken me until now to write a post after knowing of this company for nearly 5 years!!

Anyway I bought their taster pack because it gives you lots of different flavours to try. I got 6 different flavours and 2 of each and they are perfectly sized bars - not too much or too less.


- 70% dark chocolate
- 70% dark chocolate with raspberries
- milk chocolate
- 85% dark chocolate
- milk chocolate with toffee & sea salt
- white chocolate with strawberries


My favourite has to be the white chocolate with strawberries. If I remember correctly last year they did a little heart valentines special chocolate in the shape of hearts obviously and they were great!

I loved the milk chocolate with toffee and sea salt - I'm a big fan of sweet and salty and this chocolate bar delivers - it's a sharp crunchy sweet toffee and then you get a little bit of crunchy sea salt too!

The other bars were great too - I'm not a dark chocolate person but they were enjoyable.


Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 44% owned by cocoa farmers.


Have you ever tried Divine Chocolate? Let me know in the comments below.



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Friday, 21 April 2017

Teapigs: Feel Good Teas

Hey everyone :)


I am a big fan of different flavoured teas and when I saw that Teapigs had brought out a range of 'Feel Good Teas' I had to buy them.

I will hold my hands up and say that I do prefer the smell of teas to their tastes! However these teas were surprisingly tasty.


Tea: SNOOZE: Sleepy Tea
Ingredients: chamomile, apple and lavender

A very soothing and florally tea I thought. I take a long time to shut off and fall asleep but I actually can't remember much after the tea so it must work ... or I was just really tired that night!


Tea: UP BEET: Energy Tea
Ingredients: hibiscus, carrot, beetroot, ginger and green tea

A fruity tea, it also turns a lovely dark purple and smells amazing! It reminded me of Ribena which is odd. This tea will give you a boost of energy and is healthier than a sugary drink or coffee with lots of sugar.


Tea: CLEAN N GREEN: Detox Tea
Ingredients: green tea, lemongrass, ginger, coconut and dandelion

This reminded me of green tea with lemon which I have had before and enjoyed - it is also nice cold with ice. Teapigs recommend if you are feeling blobby or bloated that tea can help with that.

I bought this tea as part of a deal and got all three boxes for £10 (so that was 45 tea temples for £10) which is a great bargain. While writing this (Fri 21st April 2017) this deal is still available on their website which you can check out HERE.

You can buy the boxes separately (with 15 tea temples) for £3.99. If you think that 15 tea temples is too much of a commitment (incase you don't like it) then you can buy little boxes with 2 tea temples for £1.30.





Teapigs also do lots of other flavour of tea and I have bought plenty from them in the past. Let me know in the comments if you have ever tried their teas and what flavours are good!



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Friday, 14 April 2017

Mary Berry: Everyday

Hey everyone :)


A few weeks ago I was browsing the shelves of Tesco and came across this new book! I picked it up straight away as I'm a big fan of Mary Berry! I had no idea it was to go along side her new show (even though there is a big sticker on the front of the book).

I've already made a few recipes from the book and they are so easy and quick to make.


I bought the book from Tesco for £10.00 on an introductory offer - I'm unsure how much it is normally. It is well worth the money and there are also great tips with each recipe.

There are also sections on cupboard staples, weight and liquid conversions and what equipment to have in your kitchen to make your life easier.


As I mentioned above I have made a few recipes from the book already - a couple that I have posted on my blog are: Herbed Quinoa & Bulgar Wheat Salad with Lemon & Pomegranate and Panang Chicken & Rice Stir Fry.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you have bought or made anything from her book! 



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Thursday, 6 April 2017

iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) Red Edition

Hi everyone :)


I couldn't resist ... I just couldn't ... sue me ... but I've not had a 'big' spend in sometime and so I decided to treat myself.

If I'm completely honest ... my memory on my iPhone 6S is only 12GB and I just can't cope with it - I'm constantly having to delete apps to make room for other apps and I can only store about 6 pictures before I get the 'memory full' message - which as you can imagine is bloody annoying!!

I decided to pop to the Apple store in Watford (about 8 miles from where I live in Hemel) and pick myself up a 128GB iPhone 7 Plus in red!





I've had my iPhone about a week now and I'm in love with it ... I mean it's so red and amazing! The iPhone 7 Plus is also a great phone too


I also bought myself one of the new red silicon cases for the phone too (as it was quite slippy without one). Also, every purchase contributes to the global fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and helps deliver an AIDS-free generation. So another great reason to buy one of the phones!!

The price in the UK for a red iPhone 7 Plus 128GB (unlocked) was £819.00 but there is also a finance option available which is a good way if you don't want the full amount coming out in one go.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! Have you bought one or thought about buying one?!


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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Mary Berry's: Panang Chicken & Rice Stir-Fry

Hey everyone :)


I wanted to make something for lunch today that was different so I remembered Mary Berry had made a stir-fry chicken dish in one of her episodes last week and I also happen to have her cookbook. So ... here we go ...

Ingredients:
225g long grain rice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 tbsp runny honey
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped and deseeded
2 celery sticks, finely diced
1 medium courgette, finely diced
2cm knob of fresh root ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp medium curry powder
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
juice of 1/2 a lime
salt + pepper
lime wedges

Method: 
1. Cook the rice in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain well, rinse in boiling water from the kettle to wash any remaining starch off and set aside to drain.
2. Head the olive oil in a wok or wide-based frying pan, season the chicken strips with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Drizzle with honey and stir-fry over a high heat for 2-3 minutes, turning until golden and just cooked, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
3. Tip in the onion and vegetables, and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic and curry powder and fry for another minute, stirring well.
4. Add the cooked rice with the soy sauce, chilli sauce and lime juice. Toss together until piping hot, season with salt and pepper to taste, and return the chicken to the pan.
5. Remove from the heat and spoon into warmed bowls to serve, with lime wedges.

Note: I left my rice cooking for a bit too long so it went sticky (luckily I like it that way)







Let me know if you make the dish or if you have made it already in the comments below!



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Monday, 27 March 2017

Harry Potter Tag

Hey everyone :)


Who doesn't like Harry Potter? I've been sitting here for the last hour - trying to think of anyone I know that doesn't like Harry Potter. I have tickets booked with friends to go to Harry Potter Studios in May and I am very excited about that!! I haven't done a tag post in ages so I thought I'd do an oldie - the Harry Potter tag!

Favourite book?
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - very long but such a good book!

Least favourite book?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - I just found it bland.

Favourite movie?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - I loved Fluffy, the chess game, Hermione's genius and they all still looked so young!

Least favourite movie?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - I just thought that the time travel part was odd and not explained well enough.

Favourite quote?
I suppose one of the most common - 'You're a wizard, Harry'

Favourite Weasley?
Fred or George - funny, happy and crazy twins!

Favourite female character?
Without a doubt - Hermione! Such a loving, caring and smart character!

Favourite villain?
I thought Lucian Malfoy was funny, not the evil kind of villain but the stupid, funny kind. If I had to choose an evil villain then definetely Bellatrix Lestrange.

Favourite male character?
I really enjoyed Ron - he was such a great character!

Favourite professor? 
In the book and the film - Professor McGonagall - she was such a great character and I love Maggie Smith (the actress) in anything! I also loved Professor Trelawney in the films.

Would you rather a) wash Snape's hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
Snape - washing hair is a 10 minute max job. If I spent a day with Lockhart I'd probably kill myself.

Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly?
An elated Bellatrix

Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via a) Hogwarts Express or b) flying car?
I'd love to try both. I'm sure going on the Hogwarts Express would be great but after 2 or 3 years it might get boring, so going by a different method might be cool and a flying car seems like a great idea!

Would you rather a) kiss Voldermort or b) give Umbridge a bubble bath?
Probably give Umbridge a bubble bath! Voldermort scares me!

Would you rather a) ride a Hippogriff or b) ride a Firebolt
A Hippogriff as they look like amazing creatures!

Is there a character you felt differently about in the movie?
No, I don't think so.

Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
Not that I can think of.

Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
Michael Gambon

Your top thing (person or event) that wasn't in the movie that you wanted there the most?
S.P.E.W definitely!!!!!!! (a thousand exclamation marks)

If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be?
None - I thought they each have their own bad and good parts but I wouldn't change any of them.

Which house was your first gut feeling you'd be part of?
Gryffindor

Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
Ravenclaw

Which class would be your favourite?
Potions

Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Accio!

Which character do you think you'd instantly become friends with?
Hermione - I love studying and I am a bit of a book worm too!

If you could own of the three Hallows, which would it be?
The Invisibility Cloak!

Is there any aspect of the books you'd want to change?
No!

Favourite marauder?
Padfoot!

If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?
Fred Weasley

Hallows or Horcuxes?
Hallows - Horcurxes are dark!!

That's all the questions and this tag is over! I am very, very, very excited about my Harry Potter trip in May! Let me know if you have been/are going at all this year!?




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Friday, 17 March 2017

Mary Berry: Herbed Quinoa & Bulgar Wheat Salad with Lemon & Pomegranate

Hi everyone :)


Mary Berry brought out another new cookbook and a new series and I didn't even know!! I caught the second episode on BBC1 on Saturday there. I then went out to buy the book and realised before I left the house that I had bought it a couple of weeks ago and I didn't even realise it was to do with her new series!!

This recipe seemed really interesting and it's something I have never tried before so I thought it was a good opportunity to let you know what I thought :)

Ingredients (quinoa)
300g bulgar wheat with mixed-colour quinoa
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely sliced
200g sun-blushed tomatoes in oil (drained and cut in half)
3 tbsp chopped mint
2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
3 tbsp finely snipped chives
2 tbsp torn basil leaves
100g feta cheese, broken into pieces
50g pomegranate seeds (optional)
salt + pepper

Ingredients (dressing)
1 lemon juiced and zest
2 tbsp pomegranate syrup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar

Method
1. Measure the mixed bulgar wheat and quinoa into a saucepan, pour in 500ml of water and cover with a lid. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes - or according to the packet instructions. Remove from the heat and leave for about 10 minutes or until render and all the liquid has been absorbed. Top into a bowl and allow to cool.

2. To make the dressing, place the lemon juice and zest in a bowl or small jug, add the pomegranate syrup, sugar and olive oil and whisk together.

3. Place the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and fry over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Tip into the bowl with the bulgar wheat and quinoa.

4. Add the sun-blushed tomatoes and herbs, season with salt and pepper and toss together. Pour on the dressing and mix well. Gently stir in the feta and pomegranate seeds (if using), then check the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper to taste.

Note: I couldn't find any pomegranate syrup in Tesco when I bought the other ingredients, so following Mary's tip - I bought pomegranate juice and then boiled it in a saucepan until it reduced to a thicker, syrupy consistency.




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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Easter Egg Nests

Hey everyone :)


I'm about 90% sure that before Valentine's Day was over our Tesco here in Hemel Hempstead had Easter eggs on their shelves - some people might think that is out of control but every holiday seems to be on the shelves of supermarkets and stores way earlier than it used to be. Christmas straight after Halloween - case and point!

I was wandering through Tesco - looking for lunch and I wandered past the aisle with all the Easter eggs and saw the little chocolate easter eggs and remembered we used to make little chocolate nests and put little eggs in the middle so I found a recipe - got the ingredients and here we are!!

Firstly I will mention that you don't need to use shredded wheat - you can also use cornflakes or rice krispies.

Ingredients:
100g shredded wheat
250g milk chocolate
2tbsp golden syrup
75g soft butter
1 bag of mini eggs

Method:
1. Line a muffin tin with 12 cases
2. In a bowl above a pot of simmering water - add the chocolate (chopped up), the golden syrup and the butter (chopped up).
3. Once 'nearly' melted remove from the water - do not let the chocolate burn - there should be enough residual heat left to melt the rest of the mixture.
4. Take the shredded wheat and crumble it with your fingers into the chocolate mixture and mix with a wooden spoon.
5. Start spooning the mixture into the paper cases and make a little indent in the middle so you have a place to put the mini eggs.
6. Take three mini eggs and place in the indent in each 'nest'.



Are you planning on making anything for Easter? It's one of my favourite holidays so I hope I get the chance to make some other things before it's over!!

Let me know in the comments below what your are planning on doing.



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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Lush Valentine's Day Range! 2017

Hey everyone :)


I feel like it was not long about that I did my last Lush post ... This post is very, very, very late! I planned to post this a couple of weeks ago but work got in the way! As I write this (19th Feb) these items are not available on Lush's website anymore. *sad face* ... I have noticed they have Mother's Day items on sale now too! Eek! No guess what I'll be doing after typing this up!

I only bought a few items this year as most things are still similar or the same.


Cupid (bath bomb)
I don't know how many times I can start a paragraph with 'I love bath bombs!' - but I do! This is a very floral bath bomb and smells amazing! It also makes the water go a lovely pink colour. It's full of fresh raspberry juice, Persian lime oil and rose petal powder.


Prince Charming (shower cream)
I bought this last year and it rivaled my love for Snow Fairy! It smells amazing and leaves you smelling of fresh grapefruit and pomegranate. It also has cocoa butter which leaves your skin smooth and soft. There is also (I left this till last) an amazing smell of marshmallow and vanilla! Sometimes I just want to leave these creations (but I don't as I would likely be sick).


Love You, Love You Lots (soap bar)
It's pink, it has the words 'love' on the soap, it has hearts too! It's very Valentine themed! It contains rose petal infusion, rose oil and rose syrup which leave your hands smelling like a rose bed. Another floral themed item :)

Two Hearts Beating As One (bath melt)
I always thought bath melts were a bit odd - don't get me wrong - they leave the bath looking lovely mesmerizing colours but they are a little boring! The bath was lovely and pinkish, with an orange tint! It smelt mainly of marzipan and flowers! That would be thanks to the almond oil - which is good for the hair and hydrating for the skin.


Unicorn Horn (bubble bar)
Again, another item I find odd - bubble bars are crumbled under running water and normally dissolve in the warm water and leave your bath full of bubbles! I do find though that it doesn't all dissolve and when you settle down in the bath you get little bits of bubble bar stuck to you!! The unicorn horn is full of lavender oil and leaves your bath smelling so calming and relaxing (careful you don't fall asleep).

Did you manage to pick anything up from Lush this Valentines? Let me know in the comments below.




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